Industry, lawmakers praise passage of pipeline safety bill

Industry reemphasized its support for pipeline safety reauthorization legislation that passed Congress last month by unanimous consent."Nothing is more important to our industry than safety, and we've been working for legislation that gives regulators the muscle they need. This bill does the job," said Benjamin S. Cooper, executive director of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines.President George W. Bush recently signed the bill into law.The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 requires that pipelines be inspected within the next 10 years to prevent leaks and ruptures. Pipelines in urbanized areas are to be checked within the first 5 years of enactment. All pipelines must be reinspect...

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